Despite, the increasing emphasis on road safety, many drivers continue to violate the traffic laws, sometimes resulting in serious accidents which claim lives, loss of limbs, and damage to public infrastructure, such as street and traffic lights.
Police Commissioner Henry Greene yesterday emphasized that there are over 35,000 traffic offence cases before the Court, thus far, for 2011.
He made this revelation at the opening session of the Guyana National Road Safety Council’s Volunteers’ Training Workshop, held at the International Convention Centre, Pattensen.
The Commissioner stressed that if persons follow the rules the number of accidents which occur on the roadways would reduce. He added that more persons are killed via road accidents than being murdered in Guyana.
Greene stated that most of the road accidents which end in fatalities are usually caused by speeding drivers, who are most times under the influence of alcohol. In addition, accidents also occur when drivers are inattentive.
He emphasised that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they do not speed and the five Cs (Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Caution and the use of Common Sense) are observed.
He posited that the volunteers could be useful to the Force, and tasked them to remember their roles and to help create signs to keep the roads safe. Greene stressed that the road safety volunteers are like the Community Policing Group.
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